Organisations that wish to become or grow as Public Service Mutuals can now apply for a share of up to £1.7 million in funding, Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, announced today.
A total of £1.2 million will be available to create new Mutuals, or strengthen existing ones, by providing access to advice across areas including legal, financial, marketing, human resources and business planning.
The remaining £500,000 will be used to pilot support programmes such as partnership working to help Mutuals collaborate with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and others to broaden the service they offer. A mentoring scheme will also allow newly-formed Mutuals to benefit from one-to-one experienced advice and support, as well as a peer support network which will bring aspiring Mutuals together to share their experiences, challenges and successes.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:
Mutuals are run under the influence of employees to support the delivery of public services and we want to help them thrive.
This £1.7m funding will deliver training, support programmes and mentoring to expand the high quality services Mutuals provide to communities across the country.
This round of funding will be available until March 2020 and follows the £572k that was awarded in 2017 to support Mutuals.
Organisations can check if they are eligible for funding by contacting the Mutuals Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTES TO EDITORS
*To apply for support from this programme you must currently, or intend to, fulfil our definition of a Public Service Mutual, which is an organisation that:
i) has left the public sector (also known as ‘spinning out’)
ii) continues to deliver public services and aims to have a positive social impact
iii) has a significant degree of staff influence or control in the way it is run
*If you’re an existing mutual, you must be in your first five years of operation, or delivering your original or extended contract which has not been retendered, or both.
*You must be able to demonstrate how support from this programme will help your organisation grow or diversify its operations
*All applicants will be required to demonstrate their commitment to their project and the mutual model by providing matched funding, in cash, towards the support needed
*For more information on eligibility and support expectations, please contact email@example.com.